The United States Senate has unanimously passed S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for final passage. A coalition of recreational fishing and fishing industry organizations are praising the passage, and urging the House to “immediately take up, pass and send the Act on to President Trump.”
The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will take our traditional holiday hiatus from our publishing schedule beginning December 21, when we publish our last wire of 2018. We will publish our first editions of 2019 on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Industry releases to appear in Friday, December 21 wires must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 20. Appropriate releases received over the holidays will publish on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Thanks to all our advertisers, corporate members and readers for a successful 2018, and best wishes for a prosperous and happy 2018.

Each year the editors of Gray’s Sporting Journal test new products to determine which truly stand out as the best in their category. This year, the Mauser M18 has won the Gray’s Best award for best rifle.

Collegiate bass anglers will have more opportunity to cash in on tournament success in 2019 thanks to the continued support of Ranger Cup University. The contingency program, designed by Ranger Boats exclusively for college anglers, is free of charge and open to any college angler, regardless of the brand of boat they own.
Rounding out an impressive year as World Archery’s most decorated archer, Scott Archery and CBE’s Braden Gellenthien brought home yet another piece of hardware with his gold medal finish in Rome at the second Indoor World Series tournament.
The popular Music in the Mountains Concert Series continues at Catalina State Park with new dates and musical guests for 2019.
The next stop on the Frabill Bro Road Show is December 20 at Cabela's in Woodbury, Minnesota.

The National Rifle Association’s Women’s Wilderness Escape program has partnered with Leupold and Kristy Titus of Pursue the Wild to introduce a new women-only firearms training event, June 3-7, where 14 ladies will spend three days in Oregon’s town of Redmond learning to handle and shoot a scoped rifle and an optical sighted pistol.
Dickinson Arms has introduced the new side-by-side Plantation SXR gives serious shooting enthusiasts, collectors and hunters what they have come to expect from Dickinson — a rare combination of beauty, engineering and performance.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program celebrated six years of trophy bass conservation at its annual Hall of Fame ceremony held at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Orlando.
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Crimson Trace continues to offer numerous Rail Master laser sights and Rail Master Pro laser sights and lights combinations. These sights and lights will equip nearly any firearm with a standard accessory rail.

Próis® has announced that the Cumbre CamoTM pattern created with Veil Camo® is now available for the licensing of women’s hunting products. Veil Cumbre was developed with the goal of creating a camouflage pattern for the serious female hunter.
The seasonal winter closure for shed antler and horn hunting begins on Jan. 1 for many sections of public land, state land and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission wildlife habitat management areas throughout Wyoming.
The hunting of female mountain lions in the northeastern Montana Hunting Districts 680 and 690, which includes portions of Chouteau, Blaine and Hill counties closed at one-half hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.    

Bangers LP announces big savings and dealer incentives during their 2019 online E-Show February 19th through February 22nd.
Tactical Solutions is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Bentley-Scott Marketing is the Sales Agency of Record and will be covering Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Styrka and its line-up of high-quality, affordable optics-including the new Styrka S3 Red Dot Reflex Sight--will be on display at the Bill Hicks Dealer Show, Saturday January 12 to Monday January 14, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Downtown Minneapolis, MN.
Respected for their marine apparel innovations in the technical sailing and boating industries, Gill is pleased to announce a new partnership with media relations and marketing strategy group Traditions Media to help them communicate within the fishing industry.

For the third quarter of 2018, marine manufacturer CEOs and top level executives remain overwhelmingly upbeat in their assessment of current business conditions as they navigate headwinds, primarily from tariffs, rising raw materials costs, and the labor shortage.
Respected for their marine apparel innovations in the technical sailing and boating industries, Gill is pleased to announce a new partnership with media relations and marketing strategy group Traditions Media to help them communicate within the fishing industry.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said today that Illinois is happy to accept $8 million from the State of Michigan to put toward the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes — provided the funds can be used now to advance the effort.
The Farm Bill is the single largest federal investment for conservation on private lands in the nation and is critical to state fish and wildlife agencies for conserving and improving millions of acres of habitat through voluntary efforts that can also provide opportunities for hunting and angling.

See an all-new series of state-of-the-art ground blinds from Summit.
Moultrie is introducing three new models to its lineup of feature-rich Management Series game cameras in 2019: the M8000i, M8000 and M4000i.
The DELTA MCKENZIE innovative Wedgie uses a taper design to offer archers an easy solution for archery and bowhunting practice shooting.
MYSTERY RANCH is pleased to introduce the all-new GUIDE LIGHT MT FRAME™ (Mystery Tech) to the company’s hunting line of backpacks.

The 12-Hour Realtree AP Camo Refillable Hand Warmer by Zippo keeps your hands warm and functional during frigid hunts.
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Lone Wolf Distributors continues to expand their marketing team with the addition of Dan Erbling as the AlphaWolf of Marketing.
The National Rifle Association’s Women’s Wilderness Escape program has partnered with Leupold and Kristy Titus of Pursue the Wild to introduce a new women-only firearms training event for 2019.
In response to studies showing millions of people want to know more about hunting and target shooting, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced a powerful new mentorship initiative called the +ONE Movement.

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Chris Beling as the S3DA New Jersey State Coordinator. Chris will recruit and hire Regional Coordinators to oversee and manage these individual regions.
Hunter, angler and businessman, Timothy C. Brady of Anchorage, Alaska, has been elected as the new president of North America’s oldest conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. announced their “Buy a 590M, Get a Free 10-Round Magazine” promotion. This limited time offer is for qualifying purchases on 590M Mag-Fed firearms. The value of the free 10-round 590M Magazine is $84.
If you dream of hunting around the world, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the latest edition of Sports Afield magazine, the January/February 2019 issue, which features stories about high-adventure hunts on five continents.

This week’s edition of Northwestern Outdoors Radio is headed to Oregon and taking in all the activities happening at their state parks during the holiday season.
Clenzoil is offering its loyal retailers a free-standing, fully-loaded standalone display. The classically-designed display would make a great addition on any retail floor.
“Wisconsin Pharmacal is the manufacturer of a number of outstanding products used by deer hunters, and everyone who hunts, fishes, or enjoys the outdoors,” said Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten. “We’re thrilled that they have renewed their WTU national sponsorship."
Johnson Outdoors, one of the most innovative companies in the fishing and boating industries, has expanded its sponsorship of B.A.S.S. events, including the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series.
The Michigan DNR again is asking the public’s help in designing the next Deer Management Cooperator patch.
Time is running short for Michigan communities, college campuses and utilities seeking Tree City, Tree Campus or Tree Line USA designation. Apply or contact the DNR by the end of the year.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has prepared a draft Statewide Strategic Fisheries Plan for 2019 – 2023, which is available for public comment and review until Jan. 4, 2019.
Nearly three months after Hurricane Florence caused substantial fish kills in many coastal rivers in North Carolina, fisheries biologists with the Wildlife Resources Commission have found largemouth bass, sunfish and crappie in all rivers surveyed to date, albeit in reduced numbers
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on three fisheries items: the Statewide Fisheries Management Program and Guide, the Madison River and Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site temporary closure rule and Fishing Access Site/Wildlife Management Area Rule.
World Fishing Network’s new series Reel Fishing with Upstream, premiering on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ET, follows Gerard Robinson and Charles Bush as they take their friends including celebrities with them on amazing fishing trips across America and beyond.
Fishing the Midwest host Mike Frisch recently announced that the World Fishing Network and Fishing the Midwest had come to an agreement to air Fishing the Midwest on WFN.
In the last major international World Archery tournament of the year, Elite Archery’s Alexis Ruiz defended her Macau Championship with another gold medal finish.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has earned the 2018 Field and Stream Magazine Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of 2018 honor for the Wolverine X2 Side-by-Side (SxS).
The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer has been detected for the first time in central and north-central Nebraska counties of Valley and Keya Paha, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
With the preliminary detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer in western Tennessee, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds deer hunters of a new rule that prohibits the importation of whole deer carcasses and restricts the importation of specific carcass parts from anywhere outside of North Carolina.

OK, time’s running out, but if you’re still searching for gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, I have a couple of suggestions for small, thoughtful gifts that just might save your proverbial bacon.

But read on after this warning: they’re not digital. They’re profoundly analog creations called: books.

The first is for the young outdoor enthusiast in your life and the title says it all “Wonders of Nature”. It’s a big book, size-wise, and chock full of information, but not the genus/species kind of stuff that chased many of us from careers in biology.

Wonders of Nature (top) by French illustrator Florence Guiraud covers "Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish" in wonderful drawings, easily understood writing, and a fascinating layout (below).


This book features stunning illustrations and covers the creatures that most quickly capture the imagination of its target audience, children ages 5-9. It has a semblance of the drawings of the great wildlife illustrators like John James Audubon or the watercolors of Ernst Haeckel, combined with whimsical “expressions” for lack of a better word, that would make many of these wonderfully detailed and illustrated creatures look right at home in an animated cartoon.

It’s an English translation of a book originally published in Guiraud’s native French, but the drawings need no translation. The back cover of the book describes it best for me as it welcomes readers to “Nature’s Cabinet of Curiousities!” and explains the creatures inside feature long necks, crested heads, furry feelers, speckled scales, as well as creatures of the deep.

If you think she’s kidding, the illustration of the Deadleaf Mantis or the Cockchafer Beetle’s feelers will convince even the most skeptical. And her illustrations of butterflies, moths and tropical fish will have the kids in your life begging for trips outside to look for these amazing creatures.

And luring them outside isn’t a bad thing, is it?

Wonders of Nature isn’t inexpensive at $25, but if you think of it as a coffee-table book for kids, the price looks downright reasonable. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can score one for $19.03 and get it delivered by Thursday, December 20. Here’s the link:

If you have someone on your list who happens to be more interested in writing in books than reading them -yes, I’m talking about journaling, here’s a personal recommendation.

For the past few months, I’ve been carrying a handmade leather journal from Soothi ( It’s the closest I’ll probably ever come to writing a book, but I’m finding that the idea of writing down ideas, impressions and making sketches one of the more therapeutic things I’ve ever done that didn’t involve exercise.

Soothi's journals include a variety of covers, from handmade fabrics, to one-of-a-kind leather covers like this. Smoothi photo with permission.

My journal is their “Refillable World Map” ($52) and frankly, I feel like a true explorer or outdoorsman when I put it and a couple of pencils into my briefcase, backpack or suitcase for a sojourn. It’s small like a paperback (5x7x1 -inch) has 100 pages of handmade cotton paper and, best of all, is refillable. It’s also advertised as being bleed-resistant and fountain-pen friendly, but I don’t plan to work in ink- or bleed on mine. It already has enough character in its embossed world map on the rustic leather cover to have brought comments from people who have noticed that I have taken to writing things down on something other than the “Notes” function on my phone.

Soothi has a wide variety of journals, inserts (lined/unlined) and you can find a cover for almost anyone - especially if you’re looking to encourage them to write their story. You might not believe it, but there’s a story inside everyone…even you.

Soothi’s isn’t guaranteeing delivery by Christmas, but you can still save 20% on your purchase with the coupon code “Holiday20” - it’s enough to cover the cost of USPS priority shipping -and you might get lucky.

Even if you miss getting one of these journals under the tree, it’s one of those gifts that will still be an inspiration to whomever is fortunate enough to get one. And I guarantee you’ll be remembered for it.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar


The Ultimate Outdoor Recreation Expo

St George, UT

The Fly Fishing Show

Denver, CO

First Wires of 2019

Safari Club International (SCI) Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market

Reno Sparks Convention Center
Reno, NV

Archery Trade Show

Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, Kentucky

International Sportsmen's Expo

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

DSC Convention and Sporting Expo

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX


Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Houston Safari Club Foundation's Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo & Convention

George R. Brown Convention Center 
Houston, TX 

Great American Outdoor Show

The annual Great American Outdoor Show will be held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

National Wild Turkey Federation 42nd Annual Convention & Sport Show

Gaylord Opryland Hotel 
Nashville, Tennessee

Western Hunting & Conservation Expo

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City. Website:

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